Archive: Around Town

Around Town: Get Artful this Season!

It’s gonna be an artful season for you and your culture vulturitos! Check out some of our top picks around town this season!FaceBook Chuck Close

Close Up: Chuck Close at the Parrish

From May 10 through July 26, 2015, the Parrish Art Museum presents Chuck Close Photographs, a comprehensive presentation of the modern art superstar known for his large scale collage style photography (almost a modern approach to impressionism, in our opinion). Suffering from facial blindness, this New York based artist is not only an artistic pioneer but an inspiration for overcoming challenges and reaching the height of the contemporary art scene. The exhibition features over 125 of the artist’s images, from the early maquettes to large scale composite portraits. May 10–July 26. Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY.

Bjork, Volta, 2007. Photography by Nick Knight. Image courtesy of Wellhart Ltd. & One Little Indian

Bjork, Volta, 2007. Photography by Nick Knight. Image courtesy of Wellhart Ltd. & One Little Indian

It’s Oh So Awesome: Bjork at the MoMA

This spring, treat yourself to an interactive view into the life of alt rock singer-songwriter Bjork. You may remember her for her quirky fashion sense (swan dress anyone)?, but her creative spirit spans well beyond fashion and even music. The exhibit features 20 years of the Icelandic native’s innovative projects and eight full-length albums. March 8–June 7, MOMA.

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Bed Head: World Pillow Fight Day

Find your inner kid and grab a (soft) pillow. You have permission to let the feathers fly. April 4th is International Pillow Fight day, and adults from all over the city come together and regain their youth. Because the participants tend to be “big kids at heart” but not literally kids, keep your little ones at home. But definitely replicate the scene when you get home with a nice friendly match in the playroom. April 4, 2015, Multiple locations.

Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, 1940, Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin © 2014 Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, DF/Artists’ Rights Society (ARS) New York

Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, 1940, Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin © 2014 Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, DF/Artists’ Rights Society (ARS) New York

Sunny Day Sunday: Stop and Smell las Rosas

The New York Botanical Garden celebrates noted Mexican artist Frida Kahlo in what is to be her first solo exhibition in NYC in over 25 years. For Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life, the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory will become Casa Azul, outfitted with Mexican terracotta pots, beautiful flowers and traditional folk art items. A dozen of her paintings will be shown  in the nearby gallery.  May 16–November 1.

Whitney Museum rendering courtesy of Renzo Piano building workshop in collaboration with Cooper Robertson & Partners

Whitney Museum rendering courtesy of Renzo Piano building workshop in collaboration with Cooper Robertson & Partners

To Whit: Opening of the new Whitney

Take the downtown train from Madison to Gansevoort: That’s right, the Whitney Museum is headed south! On May 1st be a part of the highly anticipated outdoor–indoor celebration of American art. It will be the biggest extravaganza the Whitney has ever done. Opens May 1, 2015.

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Outta Town: Museums at Night

We found the perfect reason to keep your night owl flocking about town. Started in Berlin 15 years ago, the Night at the Museum festival has grown to include 30 countries and over 530 venues. Celebrated each May on the weekend closest to International Museums Day, this year’s event will feature everything from trapeze artists to poetry readings. Dash around the European museum scene and take in the culture. Unfortunately New York isn’t on the route just yet, though we know several museums have later nights on Friday & Saturday, perfect for an end-of-the-week extra dose of culture. Join in the adventure May 13th16th.


An Ugly Doll Lost in Love

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Lonely #uglydoll Betty felt a #Februarychill
Needed that special monster to give her a thrill

So decked out in her latest #threadz
Out on the town she heads

Prepared to cross borough lines
Oh will she find ❤ #love devine?

Answering a post from monstermatch.ny
Why not give a #vday romance one more try?

Searching from the #city hall stop
Scanning the benches, would this be a flop?

Little did she know waiting in the distance
Was the hippest of monster men, who was  quite persistent ….

Will #uglydoll Betty find the monster of her dreams?
Check back on V-day and see where Betty and her Monster friends go, wear, and do!…

by: Pia Finnigan

A Night at the Museum in NYC – Grab your toothbrush!

Wouldn’t it be cool to relive “The Night at the Museum” movies and actually spend the night the museum? Yeah, we think so too! And it wouldn’t be the city if there weren’t tons of choices for an over-the-top, educational and uber cool museum sleepover – you just have to decide the theme: Animals, Intrepid or Mystery! Pack up your sleeping bags  & tooth brushes: Here are some of our favorites!

American Museum of Natural History

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Central Park West at 79th Street, Manhattan

From the enormous T-Rex display to the gigantic whale, bring the children along for an educational tour and flashlight fossil find while you spend an entire evening in a dim museum. Cost includes snacks and light breakfast as well. Check the website for more details and dates, to no one’s surpass, they  sell out quickly!

Cost: $145

Ages: 7-14

Time: 5:45pm-9am


The Bronx Museum “Family overnight Safari”

kidhattan image(Image via kidhattan) 

2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx

RRRROAR!!!! Imagine having a slumber party with the lions tigers and bears, well here you have it! During this safari overnight you get a sneak peak of what the animals are up to once the suns down. Must bring your own tent and picnic dinner. Beverages dessert and late-night snack will be provided.

Cost: $175

Ages: 5 and up

Time: 4:30pm-10:00am


Intrepid Museum “Operation Slumber”


Pier 86, West 46th St & 12th Ave

This cool slumber experience includes fun sea and space exhibits that the entire family can enjoy. Admission includes Space Shuttle Pavilion Meals (dinner, snacks & breakfast), Scavenger Hunts, a Ride on our XD Theater Cosmic Coaster, Goodie bag for youth participant w/T-shirt and more.

Cost: $120

Ages: 6-17

Time: 6:00pm-8:00am


Historic Richmond Town’s “Mystery, Murder and Mischief Sleepover”

441 Clarke Avenue, Staten Island

Step back in time at this  sleepover,  although only available for private parties and groups of up to 20 children this proves to be an interesting night, guests take a candlelight tour of the early American town and witness a mock murder trial at the 1837 courthouse, where they bunk down for the night.

Cost: $45 per child; $40 for each adult chaperone

Ages: 8-12

Time: 7:00pm-11:30am


Sleepover at Citi Field


123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Queens, 718-507-6387

A dream come true for any baseball fan. Let your little slugger spend a night on NYC’s Citifield. Lil Mets fans watch a game on the jumbo screen while snacking on their peanuts and Cracker Jacks…It’s a home run!


Via: Citifield

- Maria Burgos

Rockin’ around NYC Rinks

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While Rockefeller Center and Wollman Rink at Central Park are staples during prime ice skating season we’ve discovered a few locales that are must-see or just a little bit closer to home. Lace up & get ready for an ice-skating breakdown!    

Winter Village@ Bryant Park 

Winter Garden Rink at Bryant Park is an exciting, family fun-filled and just an all-round good time holiday rink. With the festive blue tree lit up as a centerpiece, tons of people buzzing around while shopping and delights being sipped while music plays- the holiday song (Christmas Bells) seems come to life in the Midtown Manhattan. Since the price is right for everyone, Free! admission (bring your own skates or rent them for a small fee) you will be sure to return. This is great for an Olympian in training who cannot get enough ice-skating trips crammed into a single season.

Ice Skating Rink @ The Standard 

If you are looking for the chicest place to be this winter then stop by the rink at The Standard. This rink is a party all around for grownups and children alike. Little ones can make use of a smaller rink where they can feel free to roam around in all directions. It’s gorgeously light at nighttime  and  the most adorable, kid friendly penguins help first-timers feel like pros. Parents can take the rink and enjoy some free stylin’ or just sit back on the plush red couches and sip cocktails by candlelight. Don’t forget to stop into the BierGarten for a night out without the kids. Be sure to make this your go-to destination after a walk along the High Line!

Brookfield Place Winter Garden

Ice skate in a most serene venue! Overlooking the marina in Battery Park City and the NJ skyline, Winter Garden’s views of the Hudson River provide a peaceful backdrop amidst the hectic city pace. Not as thick with crowds as some other options, the you can really get some great skating in if you come by during off-hours. At the center of Brookfield there are always new and exciting exhibits to be viewed. Anyone catch the Canstruction 2014 exhibit of some of the latest light shows? While you are taking a skate break run inside to the food court to grab a snack. Cannot wait until Babesta shares this space!

LeFrak Center @ Lakeside- Brooklyn

LeFrak Center is the only destination on our list with 2 rinks! Weather is never an issue. Choose from open air or a covered rink! The rink offers a special Toddler Tuesday skate around- ideal for those just starting out.

Rockefeller Center       

Once in a lifetime! Be seen and see! Show off your skills where performers like Idina Menzel, Mariah Carey, Michael Buble and Taylor Swift have helped light the classic Christmas tree. This is the iconic winter time ice skating experience. Prepare yourself for a whirlwind of colors, languages and tons, and tons of people. But experiencing the chance of a lifetime to skate with family and friends is the best part of any holiday/wintertime experience. P.S. Sneak inside for a Godiva dessert right inside 30 Rock!

Central Park Rinks: Wollman Rink & Lasker Rink 

Calling those who consider ice-skating an extreme sport! This rink is for the purist and the ever- so-slightly hardcore. Wollman rink has been featured in films such as Love Story and Serendipity so it also has a classic “New York of earlier days” feel. While traveling further uptown through the park take a whirl around Lasker Rink. Primarily for specialties—hockey/private lessons—the public can enjoy this rink too on certain dates/times.

By: Pia Finnigan


A Toasty Trot around Tribeca

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For anyone who missed our Toasty in Tribeca photo scavenger hunt (it was a bit rainy, so it’s OK!) we wanted to continue the fun. For the rest of the week we are offering free kids’ WarmMuffs for scooters for those who complete the hunt, while supplies last. We have 6 additional pairs (size small in pink, black,  silver and blue; size Large in neon pink and blue) and challenge you to read this poem, hit each of the stops and send photo proof that you solved our riddle. We’ll also offer 20% off any 7AM items to participants. Good luck!!! End of the week=end of the concert so get scooting!


We’ll got a little hunt that we want to be a hoot

That brings you through the nabe

You might even get to scoot.

Stop 1: The first stop is the farthest, I’m so sorry to say

But I think you’ll really like it so it’s time to go OK?

West Broadway is your PATH

Straight south til you go no more

Down the moving stairway,

Past Candy Crush you’ll find a door

Open and behold y’all

It’s like Moby’s core

A white rib-like hall

Completely washed ashore.

**If it’s really busy don’t despair,

And save the escalator ride

We’ll also accept the ribs open air

That we can abide.

Stop 2: This one’s pretty easy

and it’s not too far away

Head back up to Murray

and walk on towards Broadway

You’ll see a spot where books reside

In big amounts for sure

The perfect thing to warm up with

Through an orange door

This place should be quiet

So don’t make ne’er a noise

Just quickly snap a photo

Outside or in, with poise

Stop 3: Walk to the park the mayor hangs

Outside of NY’s haute house

And look for a dark and furry friend

Who’s bigger than a mouse

It also has a bushy tail

And tiny little paws

It’s nuts about nuts & photo ops

So let’s all give an Awwww!

Stop 4: Now you’re heading back to start

To Church and Warren go

Before the corner rest at a sign

Where all zen people know

It tells you to “warm up” with them

So quickly take a shot

But save your downward dog and cat

For when time you have got

Stop 5:

Now go back to the spot

With the headphoned orange sphere

We’ll be waiting to say congrats

As soon as you get here.

Pose for one snap wearing muffs

For a scooter or a stroll

And we’ll celebrate your great mind

That solved the clues and rhymes we doled.

Gotta See: Origami Tree at AMNH

origami-tree-and-kids-4_largeLiving in the Big Apple means easy access to all of the best museums (OK, Louvre fans, some of the best museums!). An all-time kid fave  is the American Museum of Natural History,  especially awesome for its  cool event line up year round! Holiday time is no exception. OK you’ve seen a bunch of trees out there, but have you seen an origami tree? Standing at 13 feet, the origami tree proudly stands on display from now until January 11th 2015. An annual tradition for more than forty years, the tree is delightfully decorated with more than 800 hand-folded paper models created by local, national and international origami artists.

Each holiday season, the traditional origami tree follows a different theme, and this year’s is  Night at the Museum.  Enjoy origami models of Theodore Roosevelt, the Tyrannosaurs rex, the Rapa Nui Moai (Easter Island figure), and many more. Connecting the tree, the museum and one of every kids’ favorite fantasy flicks is a surefire winner.

How the tree is made

Ros Joyce and Talo Kawasaki, volunteers from OrigamiUSA and the designers of the Museum’s Origami Holiday Tree, seek inspiration in many ways. “Often,” says Joyce, “we see something in the Museum that we want on the tree that has never been folded, so we have to design a model and find a way to fold it.” The duo solicits origami masters from all over the globe and from every age group to make the ornaments adorning the tree. Any more needed is not a problem, as their archives are bursting with designs used over the 40 year history.

After amassing the ornaments, Joyce and Marshall start designing the completed work. “Ultimately we look at the color, size, and texture,” Joyce explains. “We sketch to see how the models are going to fit together to give the tree depth and shape.” The decorating takes less than a week, and then voila, it is revealed to the world. “It’s a long process but it’s a labor of love,” Joyce says. “In the end it’s all worth it to see the kids and adults light up when they see the tree year after year.” – Quotes via The American Museum of Natural History

Learn how to origami 

Think you have what it takes? OK, if you’re not quite there yet, OrigamiUSA runs many classes at the American Museum of Natural History throughout the year, ranging from beginners classes to advanced workshops.

Upcoming events in the month of December include:

Special Folding Fun Session – December 7th

Origami For Members – December 14th

So gather the family for some fun, creative time!


Visit the museums website for an online application to be a part of the origami extravaganza!

-Via Origami at the museum

Trick or Treating, NYC-style

halloween treat

We’ve already gotten our candy ready (we are trying to not nibble throughout the week!) so be sure to come by on the 31st for some treats at Babesta! And after hitting the Tribeca shops, make a plan to head on up to “Seal Park” in Chelsea, known as the coolest place to trick-or-treat in Manhattan.  In the area around Tenth Avenue and 22nd Street, families gather for the Halloween festivities on October 31 around 6pm. It’s sure to be jam-packed, but, between the magnificently decorated brownstones, awesome treats, and delightfully dreadful atmosphere, Seal Park never fails to be an unforgettable Halloween experience in the city.  October 31.

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Halloween Rush! It’s only a week away! Trick-or-Treat Tribeca-Style

Here we go! It’s now less then a week until Halloween! Babesta has you covered for all that’s trendy for the urban parent-whether you are expecting or have a 12 year old, all compiled into a pretty dope Pinterest board. Planning the perfect Halloween Party? We found tasty treats like Peanut Butter Apple Mouths and Graveyard Pudding Cups. Want to spook-out your child’s room or play area? Check out eyeball pillows, owl mats or skeleton chairs. Of course costumes are essential: Bob Dylan, Burritos or Rock Star?! Bobo Choses faux fur or special pieces from Milk on the Rocks transform everyday pieces into Halloween standouts. Here are a few of our fave kids costumes

Too cute! Can’t wait to see all the costumes on Friday! We’ll be taking pictures & posting on Instagram some of our faves!

Ultimate Urban Ride, Bugaboo Bee Three Takes on the City with Style

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We have now lived with the newest version of the Bee stroller for a month or so and we are really digging it. We can’t get over the cool style of the structured bassinet that looks super comfy and easy to manage. The agile stroller is easily matched with the narrow city streets and aisles of your favorite shopping spot and the foldability is a snap.

Not only did Bugaboo amp up the bassinet feature of the Bee, but they also added an extendable sun canopy that’s UPF 50+ protected, and increased the size of the underseat basket. There are a number of other tweaks and improvements for the city stroller, including a reinforced chassis, better rain cover and 5-point harness.

And this customizable stroller has so many color options, it’s really “as you like it.” Choose from an aluminum or black frame, seat and bassinet fabric in dark khaki, red, gray  mélange or black and then select one of eight different canopy colors: off white, dark khaki, bright yellow, red, soft pink, ice blue, gray mélange or black.

For on the go, this one’s got game! Come into the shop to check it out and give it a stroll or see it online.



Diesel Cool: The New Limited Edition Bugaboo Rocks

Bugaboo Diesel stroller Cameleon 3

We are anxiously awaiting our stock of the new Bugaboo Diesel Cameleon 3 at Babesta! The Bugaboo–Diesel collab stroller and accessories are ready to rock the road. The stroller features army green canvas with grommets and patches, true to Diesel’s cool rocker vibe. The wheels are logoed and handlebar is in faux leather, adding to the stroller’s x-factor. Even if you already have your Cameleon³ in another flavor, the seat liner and footmuff are still fair game, as they are sold separately.

Italian clothing company Diesel has long been known for their edgy denim jeans and fashionable clothing and accessories. Now, paired with premium mobility company Bugaboo, they are fueling some of the most stylish city strolls. Look out for the Bugaboo Cameleon 3 Stroller by Diesel at Babesta.  For more details, call Babesta Cribz at 646 290 5508.